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Hamas attack on Israel: number of Ukrainian citizens killed rises to 23

18 October, 2023 Wednesday

According to updated data, as of October 18, the number of Ukrainian citizens killed in the Hamas attack on Israel has increased to 23

This was announced by Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky.

He noted that Ukraine ranks second in the number of foreign nationals killed in this conflict.

"According to the updated report, 23 Ukrainian citizens were killed in the Hamas attack on Israel. This is the second highest number of foreigners killed in the attack after the United States," the statement said.

Events in Israel: what is known about Ukrainians

On the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2023, the Palestinian armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a massive air and land attack on the state of Israel in several places. The head of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Deif, said that his militants had launched the Al-Aqsa Flood operation. According to him, these actions are intended to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians launched 2,000 to 3,000 missiles at Israel and simultaneously seized 7 communities in the south.

In response, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced the mobilization of reservists and the launch of the Iron Swords counterterrorism operation. For the first time in 50 years, the government introduced martial law in the country

At that time, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced the creation of an operational headquarters to help Ukrainians in Israel. Ukraine's Ambassador to Israel Yevhen Korniychuk said that the embassy receives appeals from Ukrainian citizens from both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. 

On Saturday evening, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that a Ukrainian citizen could have been killed in the hostilities in Israel. At the same time, it became known that the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine had tracked down a Ukrainian who had disappeared in southern Israel the day before. At the same time, there were up to 200 Ukrainian citizens in the Gaza Strip.

On October 8, it was reported that two Ukrainian citizens had been killed in Israel. Diplomats took steps to repatriate their bodies.

A day later, diplomats evacuated a Ukrainian boy from the Israeli city of Sderot who had been injured in a militant attack. In particular, five citizens who were reported missing in southern Israel were found.

On October 10, diplomats tracked down seven more Ukrainian citizens in Israel. The Embassy also helped six families find temporary accommodation in Israel.

On the morning of October 11, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko reported the death of another Ukrainian in Israel. As of October 12, seven Ukrainians had been reported dead. 

As of October 13, eleven Ukrainian citizens were reported dead, and nine more were missing. Also, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Israel Yevhen Korniychuk said that the information that the Ukrainian citizens missing in Israel may be held captive by Hamas terrorists has not been confirmed. 

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